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Sir Harry Smith

Sir Harry Smith Community College

  • Year 9 Pathways

    At Sir Harry Smith Community College all students in Key Stage 4 will study compulsory courses in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Science.

    In addition, students will study two non-examinable subjects; Physical Education and Skills for Life, unless they have selected to study Triple Science. 

    Two routes are available for students to follow at Key Stage 4; the EBacc route and the standard route.  The EBacc route provides the student with a breadth of academic qualifications, highly valued by post-16 providers and universities.  Many of the top universities (those in the Russell Group) require you to have studied the following subjects at GCSE level: English Literature, Maths, Science, History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language (e.g. French or German). In addition they expect you to have studied one of these subjects at A level, even if you are not studying these subjects at degree level. These are called facilitating subjects.  Both pathways satisfy the requirements of the new Progress 8 measure, so that all students gain a broad range of qualifications to prepare them for the future.


    EBacc Route

    Those students wishing to follow the EBacc route, MUST choose:

    Geography or History


    French or German

    (plus two further subjects from the list below)


    Standard Route

    Those students wishing to follow the Standard route must choose at least one of the following:





    (plus three further subjects from the list below)




    Child Development (vocational)


    *Design & Technology: Product Design

    *Design & Technology: Graphic Products


    Food Preparation & Nutrition






    Psychology Sociology

    Sport (vocational)



    *Please Note: students should not choose Graphic Products and Product Design.

    With a fixed number of subjects running we will not know what is possible until we have received student requests and for this reason, students will also need to indicate two reserve subjects.

    Pathway Choices for students – entering your choices over the internet

    This year we are continuing with a system to allow parents/students to select their optional subject choices on-line using the internet instead of the traditional paper method.  Students/parents should enter the URL below (ensuring this is entered exactly as it appears as it is case-sensitive), and then enter the UserName and Password issued separately and continue to follow the instructions online.